All-in-One Meals for Quick Dinners — School Days

Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole

Food Network's Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

While intricately prepared dishes with multiple components may be exciting to cook for special occasions or weekend projects, busy school nights are no time to commit to making a complicated meal. On these hectic evenings when you feel especially pressed for time, stick with all-in-one dishes to guarantee a stress-free dinnertime. These one-dish offerings have multiple meal parts — like proteins, starches and vegetables — which means that you can serve your family a complete dinner by prepping only one recipe.

Kids and kids-at-heart appreciate the creamy comfort of melted cheese and potatoes, which makes Food Network Kitchens' Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas (pictured above) a family-friendly staple. This go-to supper is a cinch to prepare in a hurry, as there's no need to roll gnocchi from scratch. Just pick up a package of the store-bought variety, combine with deli ham and frozen peas, then top with Swiss cheese to create a simple dinner full of tried-and-true flavors.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

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Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Thanks to Sunny's fuss-free recipe, it's indeed possible to get a big-batch recipe with potential for leftovers on the table quickly. Her Easy Chicken Pot Pie (pictured right) is a top-rated favorite ready to eat in less than 45 minutes, and it comes together with the help of premade pie crust, a welcome timesaver on busy weeknights. With a golden, flaky crust and filling of tender chicken, peas and carrots, this deliciously classic casserole is a hearty, satisfying meal.

If you have a tendency to opt for Asian-food delivery when you're pressed for time, try making Food Network Magazine's Spicy Turkey and Green Bean Stir-Fry as a from-scratch alternative, since it can be prepared in just 30 minutes. This veggie-turkey rice bowl features broiled green beans stir-fried with lean ground turkey, but it's conveniently made in your everyday skillet, not a wok. Start by sauteing the meat with garlic and chile paste, then add the tender beans and a soy sauce mixture before serving with basmati rice. Cooking for little ones and prefer to keep the spice level to a minimum? Simply use less chile paste.

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